looking for wedding invitations in the UK
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Morning everyone! I’m on a mission today and I need your help. I’m looking for wedding stationery – the latest designs, newest trends and most exciting invitations in particular. So I’m searching for wedding invitation designers: get in touch and share your favourite designs!

Wedding invitation by Dragonfly; calligraphy by Wedding-Calligrapher.com

Wedding invitation by Dragonfly; calligraphy by Wedding-Calligrapher.com

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I’m looking for as many UK wedding invitation designers as I can find to log in to the English Wedding Showcase this month and share latest, bestselling and favourite designs. It’s a unique chance to showcase your best work – and to share it with UK brides and grooms.

Then I’ll be running a competition to find the nation’s favourite, here on English Wedding blog, throughout November. The winning designer will get six months’ free advertising on English Wedding!

looking for wedding invitations in the UKDon’t be shy! Enter now: choose your favourite design and upload it to the English Wedding Showcase to join in the competition. And good luck!

Claire xx

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Victoria and David’s wedding is gorgeous – when Sara and Tony from Marry Me Films got in touch I instantly fell in love with this film from their Thornton Manor wedding. Victoria is a real English beauty, and her wedding dress covered in lace and sparkles is really, really lovely.

So today’s blog post is a quickie for me to write! Enjoy the wedding film – Paul Weller provides the romantic soundtrack by the way – and watch out for that first view of the magnificent ceiling* inside Thornton Manor. You’ll also be impressed, I think, by Victoria and David’s six tier wedding cake. Yes – six tiers! Wow…

The Wedding Film of Victoria & David at Thornton Manor from Marry Me Films on Vimeo.

See more from Marry Me Films on Vimeo and check out the official website at www.marrymefilms.co.uk

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A creative wedding day in the heart of the countryside. A beautiful English country house, a gorgeous bride and groom, stunning pictures, even a nod back to the royal wedding (who remembers that one?!) – so I think you’ll really love this wedding blog feature!

This is one of two weddings at The Ashes I have to blog – so if you love this wedding venue, keep watching English Wedding blog!

Ruth and Andy make a great couple and I’m delighted to be sharing their wedding with you today. When wedding photographer Jonny Draper got in touch with me he told me “Ruth and Andy are a gorgeous couple, their wedding had loads of lovely details – one of their ushers had made her shoes for example! (not on a whim, he is actually a shoe designer!)” And that last little comment swung it for me – I had to see more!

Real wedding blog The Ashes Jonny Draper (2)I have all of Jonny’s gorgeous wedding photography from the day here, along with a fantastic wedding report from Ruth. I’ll hand over to the two of them for the rest of the blog post. Enjoy it everyone!

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EXCLUSIVE NEW CAROLINE CASTIGLIANO 2012 COLLECTION LANDS NEXT WEEK

An exclusive range of brand new designs from leading luxury bridal designer Caroline Castigliano will be available from the beginning of October.

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A selection of gowns from the exquisite 2012 collection will be delivered into Caroline Castigliano boutiques next week, giving brides the chance to be the very first to wear exclusive Caroline Castigliano designs.

A number of independent bridal boutiques in areas across the UK, including Cheshire, Hampshire and Staffordshire, will also stock a selection of the new designs. This is the first time ever that the highly coveted designer has been available outside of her own boutiques, giving more brides the exciting opportunity to wear a dream Castigliano gown.

The new designs all reflect Caroline Castigliano’s signature of a silhouette, which is unquestionably feminine and effortlessly elegant. All of the gowns are silk and are meticulously handcrafted in the UK for a flawless result.

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I’ve made a new friend. Wedding photographer Phil Drinkwater sent in Emma and Tom’s gorgeous Cheshire wedding to feature on the blog at the beginning of September. I followed it up with a wedding inspiration board and we got chatting. I’m absolutely delighted to now welcome Phil as a new sponsor of the English Wedding blog.

reportage wedding photography Cheshire by Phil DrinkwaterPhil – thank you for your support and a huge, official welcome from me! It’s lovely to welcome you not only as a sponsor of the English Wedding blog but also to have your contribution as one of the Wedding Experts here on the blog.

I really recommend that you check out all of Phil’s gorgeous wedding photography on English Wedding – there’s so much to see!

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I wish two things. I wish it was still summer, and I wish I could step into this wedding blog feature and be a part of Andrea and Richard’s wedding day. This is a beautiful celebration, with a very distinctive and classy look to it. Andrea’s a stunning bride and her dress is just perfect – and quite different to any I’ve seen recently.

real wedding blog UK images by cg weddings (1)Andrea and Richard were married in Lower Peover, Cheshire, in July this year. Despite the rain, the photographs from the wedding are so full of happiness and brimming with emotion. Liam Crawley of cgweddings was their wedding photographer, and together with his wife and partner Bee has created this beautiful collection of images which they’re sharing with English Wedding blog readers today.

real wedding blog UK images by cg weddings (2)The quaint and oh-so-pretty English Church where Andrea and Richard got married

real wedding blog UK images by cg weddings (3)The pretty and elegant Order of Service in black and white

real wedding blog UK images by cg weddings (5)Members of the wedding party let off a little steam and a few giggles before the serious part of the day begins! (so cute!)

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Morning everyone! I thought I’d start the week by getting away from it all with this wonderfully different and personality-filled Scottish wedding. Who’d like to join me and get away from it all for five minutes? Come on… you’ll adore this.
Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (3)Scottish wedding? Yes – my little wedding blog likes to explore further than the English borders, and this is an irresistible celebration I absolutely had to share when my friend and great wedding photographer Jonathon Watkins got in touch.

Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (2)Heather and Gavin chose the Inner Hebridean isle of Kerrera for their wedding day. It’s remote – wedding transport for the day included the ferry and a tractor and trailer. Footwear was wellies and hiking boots. The scenery is spectacular, the images stunning and the entire wedding day so perfectly created around the charm of the isle and its ruined castle.

Wedding photography credit for blog Jonathon Watkins Photoglow (1)The Isle of Kerrera is home to the ruined Gylen Castle, which adds to the amazing sense of history and ancient charm of the setting for Heather and Gavin’s wedding day.

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The scene for today’s wedding blog post is The Manor By The Lake. The tone of the day is beautiful, cheeky and fun. The bride and groom are Dawn and Gavin, very much in love and all smiles from beginning to end.

real wedding by McAvoy Photography (1)The wedding photographers are Jenny and Keith McAvoy, aka McAvoy Photography. They’re the perfect team to shoot this wedding day – fun loving and relaxed, with an eye for the quirky, contemporary photography that’s just right for Dawn and Gavin’s wedding day.

I shan’t waffle: I’ll leave you to read and enjoy.

real wedding by McAvoy Photography (2)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (3)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (4)So cute! Cat thinks… what’s going on? This isn’t normal. But it smells so pretty…

real wedding by McAvoy Photography (5)These little signs are lovely aren’t they?

real wedding by McAvoy Photography (6)The Tiffany key was Gavin’s wedding day present for Dawn. On her garter she had an old photograph of her grandparents when they were young.

real wedding by McAvoy Photography (7)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (8)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (9)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (10)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (11)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (12)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (13)real wedding by McAvoy Photography (17)Now that’s a wedding dress! How beautiful does Dawn look as she waits to walk down the aisle?
real wedding by McAvoy Photography (14)Isn’t she stunning? I love this portrait of Dawn – the contented smile, that gorgeous dress and her pose. To me this says: Best day of my life.

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I haven’t written a wedding business advice post for a little while – but over the last few weeks I’ve been helping friends with business advice here and there, and I thought I’d share with you today.

Every time I’m asked for advice about running a wedding business, I think, “I’ve been through that”, and it means I can help. I’m sure very many of us running our own businesses can identify with the same issues and dilemmas, so I’m going to try and use the blog to share my advice with everyone.

Wedding blogs – what’s that all about?

I was asked this question today, by a photographer I know via twitter. It’s funny: I live in a little bubble where blogs are the centre of everything I do, and it’s so easy to forget that the blogging phenomenon is still relatively new to the UK. Of course, this applies to brides and grooms as well as to wedding businesses. So it was a great question to be asked, and really got me thinking.

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I’m out playing in the woods today – on a top secret blog mission, living a fairytale, and (if the last three days are anything to go by) with ‘teddy bears’ picnic‘ going around and around in my brain.

Although the secret photoshoot I’m going to see and later share with you is definitely NOT about teddy bears! It’s altogether more exciting, more gorgeous, more inspiring and I expect a little darker than a teddy bears’ picnic could ever be.

Love My Dress blog Audrey Hepburn wedding ideas shoot

found on Love My Dress blog - Audrey Hepburn wedding shoot by Tiffany Irving

But don’t despair – because while I’m out playing, I’m going to share my favourite real weddings from blogs from the last few weeks. These are, I think, the very best of the wedding blogs – but if you’ve seen a fabulous post or wedding or shoot you think should be on the list, add it to the comments below!

Enjoy!

Wedding blog love

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Bring on the glitz and glamour – let’s brighten up a working morning with a little luxury, sparkle, glamour and elegance in a stunning stately home wedding venue shall we?

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Jonathon Watkins of Photoglow Photography sent me this beautiful collection of photographs which showcase his style and approach to shooting weddings. And I love it: this is what English Wedding blog is all about, embracing glamour and stunning imagery.

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The bridal shoot took place at Ellenborough Park, which is a luxurious stately home just outside Cheltenham. With a history dating back to the 1400s, Ellenborough Park is a fascinating and magnificent venue for weddings, and the perfect location for a wedding photo shoot!

wedding photography uk (9)I adore the scope and atmosphere of the wedding venue: the murals paint a picture of times gone by – and yet it’s easy to imagine the lords and ladies, even kings and queens, treading the same stairs as the bride and groom in the shoot.

wedding photography uk (32)What a stunning, elegant wedding dress. This is Papillon by Jenny Packham.

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Hello! How do you fancy being whisked away this morning? As I sit at my desk to write this wedding blog post I’m still dreaming of my holiday in Cornwall last month: golden sands, rich blue seas, sunshine and happy days with family… and I’m sat here with my chin on my hands, wishing I could be magically transported back to the seaside just for a little while longer!

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I have the next best thing. Especially in the world of weddings and blogs we all share, I have something wonderful for you this morning. Scroll through the pics, turn your imagination up full blast and imagine you too can feel the sand between your toes and the wind in your hair, hear the waves and enjoy the laughter of all your friends and family: join me and enjoy Leah and Glen’s wonderful wedding in Cornwall.

Thank you to Sarah of Green Photographic for submitting this gorgeous wedding for the blog. Watch out for super-pretty peony bouquets, sweet-as-ice-cream pink and cream cupcakes and a beautiful wedding wishing tree to inspire your own wedding day!